The first of six children born to Madonna (Fortin) and Silvio Ciccone, Anthony seemed in many ways a character from a time other than his own: an insatiable reader possessing of a restless intellect ––a deep lover of music with a wanderer’s spirit –– it isn’t hard to imagine he’d have preferred walking through a woods bantering with Thoreau, or playing sidekick to Jack Kerouac; and as such, an earlier era might well have been kinder in receiving his anomalous gifts.
A true bohemian, Anthony struck out in his late teens from his family’s home in southern Michigan, spending the coming decades in San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles. Working as a cook, house painter, carpenter, piano tuner, and film location scout…he engaged each occupation for as long as it took to meet his simple needs before moving on, seeming to prize his freedom and mobility above all else.
He was a dedicated cyclist; a sharp-witted raconteur; a student of Carl Jung, world history and religions ––numerology and astrology; a man who, even when troubled and distant from his own, valued family; and though a loner ––isolated throughout much of his adult life by the addiction that contributed to his early demise–– he was nonetheless enlivened by community and a sense of belonging.
There was seldom anyone happier around a crowded table than he ––when wine, laughter, and talk flowed freely and into the late hours; and on such occasions ––when it seemed there might never be an end to them–– Anthony was, more than anything, the one thing he most longed to be: Home.
Anthony was preceded in death by his mother, Madonna. He is survived by his son, Angelo Lawson-Smith; his parents, Silvio and Joan Ciccone; his siblings, Martin Ciccone, Madonna Ciccone, Paula Ciccone, Christopher Ciccone, Melanie Ciccone (Joseph Henry), Jennifer Ciccone (Chuck Valleau), Mario Ciccone (Laura (Padilla) Ciccone); and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Medilodge of Leelanau’s Resident Fund, 124 W. Fourth St., Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.